The Lemosho route is one of the most beautiful and newest routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is also the longest route,
starting at Londorossi Gate, which is the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The first part of the route leads
through woods and dense rainforest, and you may spot a number of animals around Lemosho Glades. The landscape then opens
up into a vast expanse of heath, and you continue across the Shira Plateau. The higher up you climb, the more barren and
stony the terrain becomes.
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha town, you
will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary
mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
● Meals: B&B
ARUSHA – LONDOROSSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP
Today, you will leave Arusha and drive to Londorossi Gate, the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The drive
takes around 3 hours. On arrival at Londorossi Gate, you will have time to check in and register before meeting your team
of guides, cooks and bearers. This marks the start of your ascent of Kilimanjaro.
The route takes you through woods and rainforest, where you may be fortunate enough to catch sight of the rare and extremely
beautiful black/white Colobus monkey or some of the many other animals that live in the forest altitudes: Londorossi Gate:
2,250 masl, Lemosho Glades: 2,000 masl, Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl
● Distance: 10 km
● Walking time: 3-4 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MTI MKUBWA CAMP – SHIRA 1 CAMP
Today’s stage takes you through the last stretch of rainforest, and the landscape soon transforms into open heathland, featuring
heather, wild flowers, grass and stony paths. The route leads over the Shira Plateau from where there is a wonderful view
of Kibo and Mt. Meru. When you arrive at Shira 1 Camp, you can admire the view of Kilimanjaro Western Breach, which is the
western crater edge with the magnificent glacier.
You continue your ascent across the plateau to Shira 2 Camp. There are several routes you can follow, which makes this an
excellent acclimatisation day. As you walk, you may be able to enjoy a fine view of the impressive Kibo Massif, or you may
experience the sight of clouds at eye level …
Today, you will be heading east. The landscape starts to dry out, becoming more barren and stonier the higher you climb.
As you continue upwards, you can enjoy magnificent views of both Kibo and Mt. Meru, poking up above the white clouds behind
you. After ascending for a couple of hours, you will reach the famous Lava Tower, which stems from Kilimanjaro’s previous
incarnation as an active volcano.
After a night at the foot of the impressive Great Barranco Wall, the time has come to climb the notorious cliff – which is
fortunately easier than it looks. At the top of the wall, just below Heim Glacier, the full beauty of Kilimanjaro magically
unfurls. The route then takes you down through Karanga Valley, where Karanga Camp is located. From here, you can admire the
ragged peaks of Mawenzi that rise up towards the African sky.
Today’s stage takes you to Barafu Camp, leading through dramatic and spectacular landscapes consisting of large and small
volcanic rocks testifying to volcanic activity in ages past. The last part of the trail to Barafu Camp follows the Mweka
route, and as you walk you can look out over Kibo and Mawenzi.
Barafu Camp is located at an exposed site on a mountain ridge. The ground is stony and the winds often blow strongly here.
You will be woken up around midnight, and following a light meal it will be time to tackle the final stretch of the ascent
to Uhuru Peak. Most people find walking across tricky terrain in the dark before the sun comes up a serious challenge; the
objective is to reach Stella Point at dawn. At Stella Point, you will all take a short break to enjoy the magnificent sunrise.
After breakfast, you make your way to Mweka Gate to check out before being picked up and driven back to your hotel in Arusha,
where a delicious lunch awaits. Everyone who completed the climb will be awarded a certificate.
● Altitudes: Mweka Gate: 1,850 masl,
● Distance: Approx. 10 km
● Walking time: 3 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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